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Context High on-treatment platelet reactivity is associated with atherothrombotic events following coronary stent implantation. Objective To evaluate the capability of multiple platelet function tests to predict clinical outcome. Design, Setting, and Patients Prospective, observational, single-center cohort study of 1069 consecutive patients taking(More)
BACKGROUND We have previously reported a virtual absence of neointimal hyperplasia 4 months after implantation of sirolimus-eluting stents. The aim of the present investigation was to determine whether these results are sustained over a period of 1 year. METHODS AND RESULTS Forty-five patients with de novo coronary disease were successfully treated with(More)
BACKGROUND A new generation of subsecond multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) scanners, which allow complete coronary coverage, are becoming widely available. We investigated the potential value of MSCT angiography in a range of coronary disorders. METHODS We studied 35 patients, including 11 who had undergone percutaneous transluminal coronary(More)
BACKGROUND During a catheter ablation procedure for selective electrical isolation of pulmonary vein (PV) ostia, the size of these ostia is usually estimated using fluoroscopic angiography. This measurement may be misleading, however, because only the projected supero/inferior ostium diameters can be measured. In this study, we analyzed 3-dimensional(More)
PURPOSE To assess the clinical value of a magnetic resonance (MR) coronary angiography strategy involving a small targeted volume to image one coronary segment in a single breath hold for the detection of greater than 50% stenosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty-eight patients referred for elective coronary angiography were included. The coronary arteries(More)
BACKGROUND There are limited data on the long-term clinical outcome after an angiographically confirmed (definite) stent thrombosis (ST). METHODS AND RESULTS Four hundred thirty-one consecutive patients with a definite ST were enrolled in this multicenter registry. The primary end point was the composite of cardiac death and definite recurrent ST.(More)
AIMS Hybrid myocardial perfusion imaging with single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and CT coronary angiography (CCTA) has the potential to play a major role in patients with non-conclusive SPECT or CCTA results. We evaluated the performance of hybrid SPECT/CCTA vs. standalone SPECT and CCTA for the diagnosis of significant coronary artery(More)
BACKGROUND Sirolimus-eluting stents markedly reduce the risk of restenosis compared with bare metal stents. However, it is not known whether there are differences in effectiveness between bare metal and sirolimus-eluting stents in patients with total coronary occlusions. METHODS AND RESULTS In a prospective, randomized, single-blind, 2-center trial, we(More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure can be an alternative to coumadin treatment in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) at high risk for thromboembolic events and/or bleeding complications. We report the initial experience with this new technique. METHODS Patients were eligible if they had AF with a high stroke risk (CHADS(2)(More)
AIMS Hybrid single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) has only been evaluated for its diagnostic accuracy as a single test in patients suspected of significant coronary artery disease (CAD). Added value of hybrid SPECT/CCTA beyond usual clinical work-up, or use of each of these tests separately,(More)